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IND vs ZIM ODI: Debutant Shahbaz Ahmed replaces injured Washington Sundar, KL Rahul to lead

Cricket lovers can watch IND vs ZIM ODI series at Sony Sports Network from August 18 onwards.

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The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the replacement for Washington Sundar for the India Vs Zimbabwe ODI series. Royal Challenger Bangalore’s Shahbaz Ahmed will be replacing injured Sundar in the upcoming ODI tour against Zimbabwe, which will be played at the Harare Sports Club from August 18 onwards.

Washington’s shoulder injury happened during a country match and now it has deemed him unfit for the tour. The replacement, however, will be Shahbaz, who received a lot of praises for his reliability during his stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021-2022.

Shahbaz Ahmed has till date played 16 games for RCB and has scored 219 points with four wickets in hand. His stats speak for themselves as the cricketer managed to have an average of 47.28 in 26 games.

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Meanwhile, Sundar has been very unfortunate with his consistent run-ins with injuries. Although he managed to mark his versatility in his game, Sundar still took quite a time retrieving himself from injuries as the Indian cricketer broke his finger during the India tour of England last year, and prior to that, he had strained his hamstring ahead of the South Africa tour in January 2022.

The captaincy role has been given to the right-handed batter, KL Rahul, even though it was disclosed by BCCI that Shikhar Dhawan would be guiding the team earlier on. The leaning toward Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Yuzvendra Chahal has been dissolved as the Indian team again is trying to start off with a fresh slate.

Recently India won the T20 and ODI series against West Indies as Shikhar Dhawan did not only take on the captaincy role but also teamed up with Shubham Gill and made solid partnerships.  

On the other hand, Zimbabwe also have good record lately, as they defeated Bangladesh and ease past them in both the ODI and T20I series.

Indian squad for IND vs ZIM ODI: KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar and Shahbaz Ahmed.

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Virat Kohli, batting on 49 off 28, asks Dinesh Karthik to keep strike for last 2 balls, Tweeple praise former skipper’s selfless act | WATCH

Despite David Miller’s thrilling century and Quinton De Kock’s half-century, South Africa fell short of 16 runs and was left behind to level the three-match T20I series.

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There was a standout moment during the second T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday at the Barsapara Stadium when former team India skipper Virat Kohli decided to keep the team interest above his personal milestone.

With this, Kohli once again proved that he is a team man and keeps the national interest above his personal milestones.

During the last over of India’s innings, Kohli was just one-run short of his half-century and fans were eagerly awaiting to celebrate the moment but he put the team first and told Dinesh Karthik to finish the job.

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After 16-runs win over South Africa in a high-scoring game, the BCCI shared the video of the moment on Twitter, leaving fans in awe. Kohli’s gesture earned him a lot of praise as he missed a record-extending half-century.

In the video tweeted by BCCI, Dinesh Karthik, team India’s designated finisher, can be seen asking Virat Kohli if he wanted to strike to complete another half-century but the former skipper was quick to turn him away, asking him to perform the designated finisher’s role.

Karthik was on strike in the final of the first inning while Kohli was at the non-striker’s end with 49 off 28.

Taking strike, Karthik missed the first ball of the final over but found the boundary off the next delivery. Followed by a dot and a wide, he hit a six.

After hitting six on the 4th ball of the final over, he walked over to Kohli and asked him to play the last two deliveries as he needed just one run for his century.

Karthik went on to hit a stylish six over extra cover and then the two ran one bye as India made 237/3.

Despite some poor bowling effort from the bowlers, Team India was able to register 16 run win over South Africa in a run-fest T20I in Guwahati. Apart from Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul, skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also contributed with the bat.

Despite David Miller’s thrilling century and Quinton De Kock’s half-century, South Africa fell short of 16 runs and was left behind to level the three-match T20I series.

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Garba with Chris Gayle: Universe Boss’ Garba moves in Gujarat Giants’ Navratri celebrations goes viral

Besides, Gayle and Sehwag, Parthiv Patel, Kevin O’Brien, Graeme Swann, Richard Levi and Ajantha Mendis are also part of Gujarat Giants squad in the ongoing Legends League Cricket.

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The cricketers, who are generally seen in cricketing gears on the field, are being seen performing Garba in the traditional outfit during Navratri celebrations in Gujarat.

Legendary West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle celebrated Navratri with Gujarat Giants teammates in Jodhpur, where their team, Gujarat Giants, will play the eliminator match of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) at the Barkatullah Khan Stadium on Monday.

A video of his Garba moves with lady dancers in traditional Gujarati outfits is doing rounds on social media.

In the video, the Universe Boss, dressed in a traditional outfit, can be seen performing Garba dance with lady Garba dancers on Gujarati music beat in Jodhpur.

Gujarat Giants head coach Venkatesh Pradesh, captain Virendra Sehwag and Universe Boss Chris Gayle among the others celebrated Navratri in Jodhpur.

Besides, Gayle and Sehwag, Parthiv Patel, Kevin O’Brien, Graeme Swann, Richard Levi and Ajantha Mendis are also part of Gujarat Giants squad in the ongoing Legends League Cricket. The team is in Gujarat’s Jodhpur district now.

The Sehwag-led side has qualified for the playoffs and looking for another win in the eliminator match on Monday.

While playing for Gujarat Giants against Irfan Pathan’s Bhilwara Kings, Gayle has scored 15 and 68 respectively.

Only the top three teams qualify for the playoffs. In the Qualifier on Sunday, the Capitals will lock horns against Bhilwara Kings for a place in the final.

While on Monday, the loser of the Qualifier will play against the Giants in the Eliminator contest. Both the matches will be played in Jodhpur.

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They always play victim card: Here’s what Ravichandran Ashwin said on Deepti Sharma’s run out at Lords

After winning the Lord’s ODI, team India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had backed her player Deepti, saying whatever happened was within the rules and she showed great game awareness.

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Deepti Sharma’s run out of Charlie Dean in the third India women-England women ODI at Lord’s on September 24 is still being discussed by the fans and pundits, who are still debating whether this dismissal is in ‘spirit of cricket’.

Ashwin, who had also run-out Jos Buttler during the 2019 Indian Premier League in the same fashion, spoke in detail on the subject on his YouTube channel on Sunday.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin tore through Deepti Sharma’s critics and called them out for controlling the narratives and playing the victim card. He sees this particular mode of dismissal as bowlers’ revolution, he said.

Ashwin said initially, most of the world saw Sharma’s actions as a crime but the opinion is changing now, there’s still a section of people who are resisting. In the beginning, the whole world saw it that way. But now, most of them have started realising that the bowlers didn’t commit any crime there, he said.

The team India spinner also said many of them have started asking why you are asking questions to the innocent instead of asking the person who should be guilty. Only a certain section of the people seems to have a problem with this, he said.

Deepti Sharma’s controversial run-out reignited the debate on the undefined spirit of cricket and the morality of running out a non-striker before bowling the ball, despite the latter being a clearly-defined law in the International Cricket Council’s books.

After winning the Lord’s ODI, team India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had backed her player Deepti, saying whatever happened was within the rules and she showed great game awareness.

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